Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
Praise We Didn’t Plan
The Psalms are an inspired record of the fight of faith; that’s one of the reasons we love them...Continue Reading
The Church on the Fringes
The church is a community of Christians living as the on-the-ground expression of the supremacy of Jesus by advancing his gospel in distance and depth.Continue Reading
Church As the True Local
The mission of God is a mission through his people, the church, who communicate his wonders by advancing his gospel...Continue Reading
Have You Heard the Church’s Story?
When we see that the church is not a mere footnote in history, we won’t be able to quarantine her off as an extracurricular activity in our lives. She is really important. There’s even a whole story to prove the point.Continue Reading
The Pilgrim’s Progress (New Edition)
On November 28, 1628, in a quiet cottage nestled within the English parish of Elstow, during one of the most tumultuous times in the country’s history, John Bunyan was born.
The place of Bunyan’s birth in Elstow was only a…Continue Reading
The Local Church and the Supremacy of Christ
The local church is the greatest, most profound collective of which any human could be a part. Your family, your career, your nationality — these all pale in comparison to what it means to be a member of a local church...Continue Reading
Today Is Just in Time
Whatever wreck your life might be, however nightmarish your circumstances seem, Jesus is ready to embrace you.Continue Reading
Taking Homosexual Sin to Church
Unless you’re into the Irish bluesy, indie rock scene, chances are it’s only been in recent months that you’ve heard Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.” The song, the lead track on Hozier’s self-titled album released in September, is thick with metaphor...Continue Reading
Black and White: Learning Together from Ferguson
Though there’s still tumult in Ferguson, and the world watches with bated breath, are there more lessons surrounding these events that we could be gleaning now? Thabiti Anyabwile thinks so — for African-Americans and white Americans.Continue Reading
Where Hazy Repentance Goes to Die
Our entire lives repentance? Even if we sign off on this theologically, chances are that few of us make this the practical work of our Christian existence, at least not explicitly.Continue Reading
Open the Door to Halloween
How you spend Halloween is likely determined by what you think of sanctification.Continue Reading
A Prayer for the Parent’s Soul
Parenting is inescapably the work of waiting. As a parent, especially to young children, you are constantly devoting your time and energy into something that doesn’t produce immediate results.Continue Reading
Have You Lost Your Love?
Francis Chan understands the insidious pull in the course of learning that gradually yanks us from a warm life of love to a cold life of truncated knowledge.Continue Reading
The Resurrection Demands Response
If death had the last word at Golgotha, then we’re left to scratch our heads about what Jesus’s sacrifice really accomplishes. If Jesus is still in the grave, then all the significance drawn from his death is pathetic well-wishing.Continue Reading
How God Impacts Our Money and Stuff
The consistent warning of Scripture is that the people of God better watch their backs when it comes to the allure of financial gain. But how?Continue Reading
What Are You Looking For?
Most of us, if we’re honest, would admit that the daily grind on this planet can be rather unsatisfying. The labor never pays off like we imagined. The respites never deliver like we hoped. There is more, right? We’ve all felt this deep down.Continue Reading
Three Lessons on Loving One Another
The scene could not have been more inauspicious: a low-lit room, full stomachs, and the feet on twelve grown men. This is never where you’d expect to find the greatest teaching ever on loving one another.Continue Reading
Young People Need a Yoda
You can’t be indifferent about your personal investment in the lives of people if you care at all about the proclamation of the gospel.Continue Reading
How Should Christians Think About Religious Violence?
What do we do about historical violences committed by the church that obstruct our neighbors from putting their faith in Jesus?Continue Reading
When God Himself Speaks to You
John Piper says that good news is so dense and so constant in Romans 8 — and so vastly superior to all earthly good news — that we scarcely feel the force of it until we take every verse of Romans 8 and restate it as the miracle it means for our lives.Continue Reading
Learning How to Boast
What is it about us humans that makes us care so much about our own glory? What is this glory-chasing so common throughout the history of mankind?Continue Reading
Three Things to Remember When You Read the Bible
This is something very basic to remember when reading the Bible. It is simple, very simple, but I think it recalibrates our hearts and stills the swirling of our minds, especially when we find ourselves in a rut.Continue Reading
Don’t You Know Jesus Is Real?
We can read John’s vision. He wrote it down for us so that we would read it. He wants us to see what he saw. And when we do, when we read these words, there are two central questions we must face.Continue Reading
Can We Be Worthy of God’s Grace?
It is a question for our times: “what are those texts of Scripture most minimized?”Continue Reading
Baseball in September
There is something wonderfully Christian about September, especially baseball in September. It starts as something in the air. The heat dies down, the wind picks up, the leaves start to fall. One season is giving way to another, and in some stories, this would be pure gloom.Continue Reading